Area for city residents with dogs

  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.
  • Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.

Calendar

The area marked out for dogs will be in service at the same time as the high season for bathing at Llevant beach, although the opening and closing dates are yet to be confirmed. Even so, its precise opening and closing dates are yet to be confirmed.

Consult the beach-access regulations for pets and the information about the Llevant beach area for city residents with dogs.

Article 3, section four of the Byelaw on animal protection, ownership and sales (CA) states the following: "pets are banned from beaches apart from the times and locations established by the Mayor   and at and other public sites determined by the Mayor. Guide dogs are not subject to this ban."

Under the Mayoral Decree of 4 December 2014 (CA), currently in force, pets are allowed general access to Barcelona's beaches, without time restrictions, except during the bathing season, which includes the weekends from April to October, from the Saturday before Good Friday and Easter Monday, both days included, and the period from 1 June to the last Sunday of September, both days included; with the exception of guide dogs, which are allowed unlimited access to beaches."

Access area to Llevant beach for city residents with dogs

Given the results and positive reception of the two pilot tests conducted during the summers of 2016 and 2017, Barcelona City Council will be maintaining an access area on Llevant beach for city residents with dogs during the high season.

This final decision is backed by the positive conclusions reached during the two pilot tests by all the agents involved: the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB), Solucions Integrals per als Residus, S.A. (SIRESA), the respective Departments of Animal Management and Protection, Water Cycle, Waste Cleaning and Management, and by the results of the Barcelona Beach Occupation and Satisfaction Survey carried out in 2016, where users of Llevant beach gave a score of 7.7 points for the initiative.

A qualitative study was conducted during the summer of 2017 to increase the information available and find out the opinions and evaluations of the various individuals involved in the experience, including users of Llevant beach, users of the dog areas, local residents and other citizens. The overriding opinion was one of acceptance with people making a very positive evaluation of the area.

Barcelona City Council has made a joint evaluation of the experiences and, taking account of the fact that the city has always been committed to enabling the positive coexistence of people and pets, to respecting animal rights and offering animals areas where they can run and play, it has reached the conclusion that it will maintain an area for pets which includes the following services:

  • The dog beach is an area that is physically separated from the rest of Llevant beach, measuring around 1,250 square metres and a limited capacity for 100 dogs for safety reasons, with perimeter fences along the shore break and breakwater areas, to prevent dogs from leaving the area.
  • An information service is available throughout the week to carry out access-control, given that only dogs with identification microchips can access the area; monitoring work, distributing dog waste bags and information to users, both at the information point and the beach's access points, so that users with dogs can follow the established route to the area's entrance, in order to ensure that the area runs smoothly. 
  • Manual cleaning service with a team located in the area and at access points, including the emptying of bins and the mechanical cleaning of the beach at night with a sand sifting tractor roughly 8-cm deep, as with other beaches.
  • Services for controlling the quality of the water and the sand. According to the report from the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) from the summer of 2017, 259 samples of sand were collected and 914 parameters analysed in addition to 36 water samples and 72 parameters analysed.

As for the quality control of the water and sand, a Contingency Protocol has been established with the ASPB which includes a series of maintenance and cleaning initiatives mainly for the sand depending on the analytical results of the checks. The protocol was not activated during the summer of 2017 at any point.

  • Information campaign for city residents, based on advice on good practices, raising awareness of hygienic measures such as collecting dog waste, using the dog urinals available in the area and the specific regulations for potentially dangerous dogs.
  • Maintaining the urban furniture adapted for users and dogs.

Useful data

In terms of numbers, 18,268 dogs used the area in 2017, an increase on the previous year which saw 13,241 dogs. And while the percentage of the number of dogs per day dropped from 192 in 2016 to 156 in 2017, we must consider that there were fewer operating days in 2016. The maximum number of 100 dogs in the area was never exceeded.

As for the habitual residence of the space's users, it was confirmed for the second year running that the percentage of users from Barcelona was higher than users from outside the city, and that this figure increased from 67% in 2016 to 79% in 2017.

As in the previous year, no notable incidents were detected during the experience, so the area became a leisure and enjoyment space for dogs and an example of positive community life. 

You are reminded that dogs are still banned from other areas of the Barcelona shoreline during the bathing season, except for guide dogs, which are always allowed on the beach.

Calendar

The area marked out for dogs will be in service at the same time as the high season for bathing at Llevant beach, although the opening and closing dates are yet to be confirmed. Even so, its precise opening and closing dates are yet to be confirmed.

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